Supporting Local Community Gardens
everyone deserves fresh produce
The GardenWorks Project defines a community garden as any place where people garden in a group setting - schools, neighborhoods, businesses. We wish to provide community gardeners with inspiration, education, and support so that you can start your gardens and maximize your harvests.
Starting 2017, The GardenWorks Project began supporting community gardeners with their local projects, offering resources and materials to support their vision. Since 2017, The GardenWorks Project has supported the following organizations:
- College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)
- DuPage Habitat for Humanity (Hanover Park)
- Elmhurst College (Elmhurst)
- Lisle Township Food Pantry (Lisle)
- Madison Elementary School, District 89 (Lombard)
- Mercy Housing Apartments (Wheaton)
- Parkview Elementary School, District 44 (Lombard)
- Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (Carol Stream)
- Winfield/Garden United Methodist Church (Winfield)
- Horizon Elementary School (District U-46, Hanover Park)
- Whittier Elementary School (Downers Grove)
- Compass Church (Bolingbrook)
The community gardening movement continues to grow with momentum and impact nationwide. Benefits of community gardens in urban and suburban areas include improving neighborhoods and communities, promoting healthy lifestyles, increasing grass-roots partnerships, and much more. The Community Garden Support Program empowers community food growers increase the local food supply within the region, and in particular, utilize the education, programming, and harvests to nourish food insecure households. Since 2017, The GardenWorks Project supported 12 community gardens that purposefully used their gardens to educate communities on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet, empower community members to grow food for themselves, and/or use harvests to support hunger relief, such as providing donations to a local food pantry.
The GardenWorks Project has awarded three area organizations with resources to start community gardens to grow food for food insecure individuals and families in 2019. Horizon Elementary School (District U-46, Hanover Park), Whittier Elementary School (District 58, Downers Grove), and Compass Church (Bolingbrook) received an in-kind grant of supplies to establish a community garden for the purposes of improving food security within the region.
Each project will receive the following:
- 5 handmade, 4’ x 8’ x 8” cedar raised-bed frames along with soil and compost
- 25 free seed packets
- Discounted seedlings at our Spring Seedling Sale (May 18th, West Chicago)
- 20% off additional raised-bed garden frames available for sale at our Resource Center
- Free attendance to all GardenWorks Project educational offerings
If you are already a gardener and want to get more engaged in the community, join the Food Growers Network today!